Annual free event provides hands-on activities for people of all ages.
ROSEBURG, Oregon – This year’s STEAM Extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Umpqua Community College (UCC). The cost-free event will feature a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to explore the theme of science, technology, engineering, and math with artful innovation.
The second annual event is organized by Douglas County Partners for Student Success, an initiative that seeks to open doors to bright futures for the county’s youth. DCPSS oversees the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub in efforts to prepare students for post-secondary education and careers that benefit from knowledge and skills in the STEAM disciplines.
“The STEAM Extravaganza will be a fun-filled day that we hope will get students thinking about science, technology, engineering, and math in new ways," DCPSS Director Gwen Soderberg-Chase said. "We will be encouraging critical thinking, exploration, creativity, problem-solving and teamwork."
With the help of UCC's associate astronomy professor Paul Morgan, this year’s event is sure to be out of this world. Morgan is creating a Solar System Walk, to scale, to coincide with the Extravaganza. Participants will have the chance to stamp “passports to the solar system” by visiting each of the 10 planetary and solar stations and answering questions along the way. Those who gather all 10 stamps with the correct answers can win a prize. Schools are also being invited to view the Solar System Walk in a separate event on Thursday, May 17.
“I would hope everyone would get a chance to experience in a more visceral way the size of our solar system from the sun to Neptune,” Morgan said.
Last year’s STEAM Extravaganza drew more than 200 people and featured high-flying drones, Wildlife Safari animals, science experiments, and much more.
Among the many exhibits and activities slated for this year’s event, there will be a First Lego League Junior Expo, a Bridge Building contest, an opportunity to build a pipe organ, and a tinker space to deconstruct electronics. Representatives from a variety of UCC programs will also be engaging youth and families in hands-on activities and answering questions about courses of study.
Admission to the STEAM Extravaganza is free. The cafeteria will be open for lunch and other food options. For more information, visit www.umpqua.edu/exploreucc.
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About Umpqua Community College
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.
Gwen Soderberg-Chase - Contact
Director, Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub